Created on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the railroad tracks on County Road 9 just south of Rushsylvania about 3:30 a.m. today in reference to a vehicle being stuck on the tracks.
CSX Railroad reported that a southbound train narrowly missed the vehicle, which was reported to be stuck on the northbound tracks.
When deputies arrived, they spoke with a man who was attempting to pull the vehicle off the tracks with a truck. He reported that he had been contacted by the driver to help move the vehicle.
Paul Mathys, 58, of 322 Shady Lane Drive, Bellefontaine, was named as the driver, and deputies spoke with him by telephone at first, and then located him walking toward them at the scene.
Deputies noted that the driver showed signs of intoxication. He refused to take field sobriety tests and was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, failure to drive in marked lanes and failure to control.
He was lodged in the Logan County Jail, where he refused to take a blood alcohol content test.
His sport utility vehicle was towed from the scene.